Last summer Brownstoner reported Actor/Producer, Matt Damon was in contract at The Standish on Columbia Heights for over $16.6 million. The deal has been widely-reported as the largest residential sale in Brooklyn to date. Now, it appears the Oscar and Golden Globe winning “Martian,” his wife, Luciana Barroso and their children have finally landed at the 6,218 square feet 12th-floor penthouse. The sprawling abode is a combination of three units and boasts a 3,366-square-foot terrace.
The intel comes from a Facebook friend of your correspondent who also resides on Columbia Heights. When the source witnessed “many truck loads of stuff being moved in” earlier this week, they conducted a bit of their own “Good Will Hunting.” They inquired of “nosey neighbor” who confirmed, “You know, Matt Damon moved in yesterday.”
The Standish Arms Hotel, a former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ dormitory, was sold to Boston-based Taurus Investment Holdings in 2007 who developed the circa 1903 Beaux-Arts building as rental apartments. In addition to its architectural history, The Standish Arms was the fictional home of Superman’s alter-ego Clark Kent and was referenced in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” In 2014, Westbrook Partners and DDG teamed up to buy the building for $60 million, converting it into 29 luxury condominiums and rebranding it as simply, The Standish. As of February 2018, the project was 85% sold.
Damon’s move, of course, is well-timed to coincide with the beginning of the school year. The movie star notoriously made Page Six in August of 2016 when St. Ann’s School rebuffed his 11th hour inquiry to enroll his three youngest daughters for that coming academic year. It is unknown whether the children will attend the hallowed institution this September.
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